The success of Harlem rapper A$AP Rocky’s major label debut, “LongLiveA$AP,” meant that it was just a matter of time before the other members of his collective, A$AP Mob, struck out on their own. First out of the gate is A$AP Ferg, in possession of an enigmatic flow just as accessible as Rocky’s, but cockeyed enough to be unique. Though some may write him off as simply riding on his comrade’s coattails, his solo output — including the club banger “Work” and a forceful guest verse on Bodega Bamz’s “Say Amen” — has proven Ferg to be an MC deserving of our attention. Any remaining doubts should be extinguished by the release of his highly anticipated upcoming mixtape, “Trap Lord.” ARTINFO recently sat down with Ferg for a glass of red wine at Manhattan’s Bowery Hotel to talk about the pressure of being a role model, his other artistic pursuits, and the power of personalities.
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